2013 Summer Bucket List

As I mentioned in my BlogHer Food recap, I’m switching things up. In addition to my traditional recipe posts, I also want to share fun stuff like my summer bucket list. When coming up with this list I didn’t intend for it to be all about food, but it should come as no surprise that food is not ever very far from my mind.

Make popsicles. Would you believe I never have? I’m eyeing these simple molds or thinking about trying this easy mold-free method from Baking Bites.

Last farmers market of the season. Sniff!

Make the most of local farmer’s markets. I want to head down to the farmers market as many Saturday mornings as possible to grab a little breakfast and some local produce.

Find a u-pick farm: I remember picking strawberries from a local farm in Washington as a kid, but I have yet to find anything similar here in Utah. This year I’m on a mission.

First preserves of the season!

Do more food preserving: I did some last year with batches of marinara sauce, peach jam and frozen fresh corn. Inspired by Mountain Mama Cooks and Simple Bites, I’m planning much more for this year!

Ice cream Sundays. Last summer I made it a goal to make a batch of homemade ice cream every Sunday, just for the fun of it, and I’m gonna keep it up this year.

Keep up my garden: This year we have a pretty sizeable garden and I am so excited about it. We’re growing tomatoes, zucchini, peas, beans, kale, spinach, peppers, and herbs.

Oh, how my garden grows. #makesmegiddy.

Discover new summer cocktails. I have a lot pinned to a board on pinterest, but have yet tried none of them. Time to change that!

And apart from food…

Go camping. I won’t attempt it until John is walking (not crazy about the idea of him crawling through a campsite), so hopefully we get a chance before the summer is up.

Baby and Me swim class. John loves the water and so do I. Now I just need to find a local program that will work for us.

More hiking, more picnicking, more pretty drives, more barbecues. I’m going to make the most of my summer. Are you going to make most of yours? What is on your summer bucket list?

Untitled Did some hiking with our bonus weekend day. #memorialday #millcreekcanyon #slc #utah
I foresee many more hot days of sprinkler fun in our future. #dailyjohn Al fresco dinners, one of my favorite things about summer.